I am looking for a word which describes the act of taking someone famous or respected, an idol, and turning them into a symbol of what they represent instead of a person, i.e. they lose their human characteristics and become a sort of god which other people can worship.
I find this really difficult to describe, but it should fit in these types of sentences:
- The novel does not ______ Wilfred Owen, which in turn allows the audience to see him as a normal man with problems they can relate with.
- The biography over-_______ Bill Gates, which is a shame because the audience is left uninterested in his stories and detached from him as a character.
- She's ______(past tense) him completely, creating a soulless effigy of the person he represents.
Maybe the word means the act of making an idol out of someone? But I don't think it is idolising....